Stem Cells, Pancreatic Beta Cells, and Diabetes

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This research team focuses on the generation of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), using both hiPSCs and hESCs.

Their work also includes the study of hPSC-derived pancreatic beta cells maturation by exploring the expression and role of transcription factors involved in the maturation of pancreatic beta cells using advanced genome editing technology such as the CRISPR-Cas9 system.

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Human Pluripotent Stem Cells (hPSCs) Clusters in 3D Culture

Latest Publications

  • Ahfeldt T*, Schinzel R*, Lee YK*, Hendrickson D, Kaplan A, Lum DH, Camahort R, Xia F, Shay J, Rhee EP, Clish CB, Deo RC, Shen T, Lau F, Cowley A, Mowrer G, Al-Siddiqi H, Nahrendorf M, Musunuru K, Gerszten RE, Rinn JL, and Cowan CA. Programming human pluripotent stem cells into white and brown adipocytes. Nature Cell Biology (2012) (* Co-first author).
  • Sophia Malandraki-Miller, Colleen A. Lopez, Heba Al-Siddiqi, Carolyn A. Carr. Chaning metabolism in differentiating cardiac progenitor cells – Can stem cells become metabolically flexible cardiomyocytes? Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine (2018).
  • Al-Siddiqi, H., Lee, YK., Ahfeldt, T., and Cowan, CA., 2010. Differentiation of Adipocytes from human-Inducible Pluripotent Cells. Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum, December 12-13, 2010, Doha, Qatar.
  • Al-Siddiqi, H., Ng, R., Jank, B., Song, JJ., Vacanti, JP., Ott, H., 2011. Native Lung Extracellular Matrix Scaffolds and Biomimetic Culture Conditions Alone Do Not Induce Lung Tissue Formation from Pluripotent iPS cells. Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) for Screening Stem Cells 2011: From Reprogramming to Regenerative Medicine, September 26-27, 2011, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Al-Siddiqi, H., Ng, R., Jank, B., Song, JJ., Vacanti, JP., Ott, H., 2011. Undifferentiated iPS Cells Do Not Regenerate Functional Lung Tissue When Seeded on Native Lung Extracellular Matrix under Biomimetic Culture Conditions. Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum, November 20-22, 2011, Doha, Qatar.
  • Al-Siddiqi, H., Ahfeldt T., Schinzel R., Lee YK., and Cowan, CA., 2012. Programming human pluripotent stem cells into white and brown adipocytes, Qatar International Conference on Stem Cells Science and Policy, February 27- March 1, 2012, Doha, Qatar.
  • Al-Siddiqi, H., Board, M., Carr, C., and Clarke, K., 2014. Human Inducible-pluripotent stem cells as an in vitro model for human cardiomyocytes to study maturation and metabolism. Sherrington Poster Day, October 23, 2014. Oxford, UK.
  • Al-Siddiqi, H., Lis Heather, Carolyn Carr., 2016. The Effect of Oleic Acid and a PPAR-α agonist on Beating human inducible Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Cardiomyocytes. BHF CRE Oxford Annual Research Symposium, September 19, 2016. Oxford, UK.